A few weeks before the start of school, my brother Scott and his fiance Carmen came into town for a week. They rented a gorgeous home on a hill overlooking Hood River and invited the whole family up for the week. I had to work, but the kids spend the week playing with the Aunts and Uncles and cousins and Peter and I traveled up on two evenings to spend time with the family.
The home is enormous, very modern and full of light. My favorite part was the deck stretching the entire width of the house with two eating areas and a comfortable couch for reading or napping.
The view of the gorge is lovely. The kids went swimming, hiking, paddle boarding and picked peaches at a local orchard. They spent a lot of time enjoying the home's theater room with four couches and stadium seating on the second floor.
I snapped a bunch of photos of the home (owned by Carmen's boss) before leaving. It is available for rent most of the year.
I made Calvin pose in the hallway downstairs just to illustrated the size of the hallway! Four bedrooms and theater and a game room on this floor. The shower in the master bedroom had more room than my entire bathroom at our little house.
Kirstin brought her new boyfriend up to the house to let him experience the craziness of her 5 Portland nieces and nephews.
We stayed over Saturday night and after passing the children off for a fun day with their Dad, Peter and I tried paddle boarding as well. We stayed in a little inlet off of the Columbia River and had a great time. I tried to venture out into the river, but the waves knocked me off almost immediately. I need to try again sometime soon.
Thank you Scott and Carmen!